Prime Minister Morrison said the Belt and Road agreement between Victoria and China is not good and may be cancelled within a few weeks.
Victorian Governor Andrews signed a memorandum of understanding with China in 2018. The project is worth 1.5 trillion Australian dollars, but this agreement has been criticized by many people.This agreement may allow Beijing to fund and control critical infrastructure in Victoria.
Andrews and other governors and chief ministers must provide the federal government with details of all agreements signed with foreign governments by March 3, and the federal government will then evaluate them.
Morrison sent an unceremonious message to Victoria on the prospect of this agreement with China.
Morrison told the Sun Herald: "I haven't seen its benefits."
"If there are benefits, what are the benefits? What are the costs? I don't have the answers to these questions now, but we will continue to evaluate these agreements."
Andrews has always defended the agreement and promised that it will bring more job opportunities and create more business and investment for Victorians, but more and more people worry that this state government agreement will become a way for foreign governments to increase their influence in Australia. back door.
Morrison confirmed that he wants to see Australia's federal policies drive all foreign relations and agreements.
Mr. Morrison said: "This is a very important principle... the national government must be consistent when signing agreements with other governments."
Treasury Secretary Fredenberg said of the Victoria-China Agreement: "We did not agree at the beginning, and we do not agree now. There is no doubt that we will make a decision."
This intervention is because the federal government passed a bill in December to allow the Minister of Foreign Affairs to re-examine and cancel agreements signed by states, territories, city halls, and public universities with other countries.
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